On Wednesday evening Estonia’s ERR revealed that Eesti Laul 2022 is set for a revamp. And on Thursday morning the details became clearer as the broadcaster published the rules along with a start date for the new round of quarter-finals — 20 November.
Eesti Laul 2022 — Dates
As previously announced, the popular national selection is expanding to include quarter-finals involving 40 competing songs. The dates for these additional shows, as well as the traditional two semi-finals and final have now been published. All four preliminary heats will take place before Christmas, while the latter stages will take place as normal in the spring. Unlike recent years, there will not be a one weekend gap between the semi-finals and final.
- Quarter-final 1 — Saturday 20 November
- Quarter-final 2 — Saturday 27 November
- Quarter-final 3 — Saturday 4 December
- Quarter-final 4 — Saturday 11 December
- Semi-final 1 — Thursday 3 February
- Semi-final 2 — Saturday 5 February
- Grand final — Saturday 12 February
The 40 quarter-finalists will be announced no later than 27 October.
Eesti Laul 2022: The rules
In addition to the competition dates, ERR has also released the rules. They include the following:
- Songs can be submitted from 2 September. The submission window will close on 20 October at 12:00 local time.
- 20 songs that will pass to quarter-finals will be in other languages and 20 songs will be in Estonian
- The competition is open to authors and groups of authors who are citizens of Estonia, foreigners resident in Estonia or non-residents. However, the amount of non-resident writers on a song cannot outnumber Estonian citizens or residents.
- Performers may also be citizens, residents or non-residents of Estonia.
- Performers and authors can submit up to five songs.
- Until October 17, the fee for participating €50 for a song in Estonian and €100 for a song in a foreign language or multilingual.
- In the final phase of the competition, the participation fees will double to €100 and €200, respectively.
- The competition song submitted to the competition must be the final version of the song.
- 10 songs will compete in each quarter-final.
- 20 of the initial 40 songs will qualify for the semi-finals.
- 10 will progress to the final.
- Organisers hope to have a live audience for the semi-finals and final.
What do you think? Is 40 acts too much? Or is bigger better? Who would you like to see competing in Eesti Laul 2022? Tell us your thoughts below!
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